Red Herrings and church life

I’ve written two articles describing examples of what are in my opinion “red-herrings” when it comes to the UK’s COVID-19 response. I could be wrong in my assessment. I write as an amateur arm chair critic not an expert. However, the point I wanted to make was that often we risk being distracted by something… Continue reading Red Herrings and church life

Failed

#TheDailyDose – Hosea 5 addresses the leaders of Israel, priests and royalty. It is helpful therefore for church leaders to hear the challenge but we must also remember that the New Testament addresses us as a “Royal Priesthood” so that this sobering chapter challenges us all. Audio version Video Version

“I don’t just want you to survive ….”

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The other day, I talked about how the stand out thing I’d learnt from Mike Ovey was to allow God to disagree with me through his word. Well, one way that God disagreed with me came through Mike’s teaching, though in this case posthumously. After Mike’s untimely death, I remember one former student sharing that… Continue reading “I don’t just want you to survive ….”

When the answer to prayer is not what you expected or hoped for

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I was taught as a child that God answers prayer in 3 ways “Yes” , “No” and “Wait” . Well although helpful, that’s a rather one dimensional view. Prayer is a conversation and sometimes the response is not what I expected or even what I would have hoped for.

I carry scars

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You don’t get to your 40s without picking up some scars along the way.  In my case, I’m particularly aware of three examples of physically scarring. First of all, when I was a kid, we went to visit my uncle and auntie in Gloucester. They had a pet dog but it was a little nervous,… Continue reading I carry scars

If someone says they have depression, please take them seriously

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I saw this tweet the other day and would like to respond to it.  The background to the tweet is that the pastor concerned had a high celebrity profile due to Justin Bieber attending his church. Sadly, as with so many pastors over the years behind the public persona was something different and his marriage… Continue reading If someone says they have depression, please take them seriously

Grace Culture – the importance of swift repentance and forgiveness

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I believe that a grace culture is one where we are quick to seek forgiveness, express sorrow and repentance, to offer forgiveness and to seek reconciliation.  This reflects the teaching in the Sermon on the Mount which is all about what it means to be saturated in God’s love and grace so that we enjoy… Continue reading Grace Culture – the importance of swift repentance and forgiveness